Monday, July 22, 2013

U.S. Department of Justice Sues Florida State Agencies on Behalf of Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Children & Families due to the increasing number of Florida children with disabilities being institutionalized in settings such as nursing homes for the elderly. Many parents are forced to place their children in nursing homes because Florida's state agencies often refuse to pay for in-home care for children with disabilities. Thus, families without means are left with no option from the state other than placing their children in nursing homes.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Team Hoyt Presented with Jimmy V Perseverance Award

Yesterday at ESPN's awards show, The ESPYs, Rick and Dick Hoyt were honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Rick Hoyt was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy at birth. In 1981, his father Dick Hoyt ran a marathon while pushing his son in a wheelchair. They have gone on to run thousands of races and are well-known as Team Hoyt. The Boston natives ran The Boston Marathon this year and fortunately avoided being injured in the blasts and have become a symbol of the spirit of Boston.

The Hoyts gave a moving speech, with Dick Hoyt saying: "Next time you see someone in a wheelchair, or who can't talk or walk or they may talk or walk a little bit different, they are people too, and they deserve to live, learn, work and play."

To see the Hoyts full acceptance speech, check out the following video:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

10 Correct Ways to Interact with People with Disabilities

The folks at The Mobility Resource have come up with a list of 10 correct ways to interact with people with disabilities. Even today, many people do not know how to appropriately interact with people with disabilities. Feel free to share this list with those in your life who could use the advice...

Monday, July 15, 2013

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are currently ongoing in Tampa, Florida. The Games will last until July 18th. If you're in the Tampa Bay area, come check it out...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Germany to Create Memorial for Victims of the Nazi Euthanasia Program

During Nazi-era Germany, Hitler started a program called Euthanasia in 1939. Hitler designed the program to exterminate people that were "considered incurable" by granting them a "mercy killing" that was typically performed via starvation, lethal injection or gas chamber. The new memorial is going to be placed close to the offices in which the program was overseen during the Nazi-era. To read more about this story, check out the following link: